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Thoughts from The 100: Identifying Saints, Dogs, and Stars

Last time I shared Intertech’s approach to employee motivation, which includes setting clear expectations and providing specific feedback. Beyond individual motivation, savvy leaders consciously work to motivate employees as a team. If you supervise dozens or even hundreds of people, this might sound daunting. It does not have to be if you pay close attention to how you operate at the fringe of your organization. To keep morale and motivation high, it’s essential to motivate your top performers as well… Read More

A Great Podcast, What’s in Store for C# 7.0, and Much More

A great mix of content has been added to this episode of Intertech’s Dev Digest. Starting off, learn about the target=”_blank” vulnerability and how it can affect you. Next, we provided a podcast that we think you might like! Check out episode #72. Read more about each below! Articles and Videos: The target=”_blank” vulnerability is not well-known, and is totally underestimated. See why in this article from The Practical Developer. Need a podcast to listen to? Check out the Stack Exchange… Read More

Inversion of Control Design Principle (Part 2) – Dependency Injection

In part one of my Inversion of Control series, we discussed separating what happens from when it happens, along with dependency injection. In part 2, we are going to focus on dependency injection. Follow along to find out why you should use dependency injection in the Inversion of Control Design Principle. motivation for using dependency injection First, it allows us to better apply the Single Responsibility Principle by allowing us to separate the (sometimes complex) object construction logic from the program logic. Second,… Read More

Intertech CEO to Speak at StartUp Grind Minneapolis Event

I wanted to give our blog subscribers that live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area a heads up that Intertech’s CEO and Founder, Tom Salonek, will be speaking at the local chapter of a national series called the StartUp Grind powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. A little about the StartUp Grind from their website: Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through… Read More

Little Known Tricks in Visual Studio, Arguments For Microservices, and Much More

To kick off the weekend, we brought together some of our favorite content we found this week. The first piece talks about the lesser known tricks in Visual Studio that even the best devs sometimes forget. We also included a presentation that talks about microservices and why you should be using them. Articles and Videos: “There’s a lot of little tricks like this in Visual Studio that even the most seasoned developers sometimes miss.” Read as Scott Hanselman lists some… Read More

Thoughts from The 100: Motivating Team Members

Regular readers know I believe in putting people first. When people work in teams, individuals need to know what matters from an organizational perspective. As we often say at Intertech, “There is no ‘I’ in team!” As a manager, you have a special responsibility to lead and help your team members grow – as individuals and as team members. This next series of posts will share my thoughts on this important topic, as originally noted in my new book, “The 100:… Read More

SSIS Tutorial: Introducing SSIS 2016 Package Parts

SSIS Tutorial: Introduction SQL Server 2016 brings a number of new features to the freely-included Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) toolset, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). When I speak with my students about SSIS, I always recommend to keep packages small and modular. This shortens maintenance time and efforts. In this SSIS Tutorial, I also discuss ways to encourage reusability of content for multiple packages. Since SSIS 2005, there have been a couple of techniques that have proved useful to keep things modular and… Read More

Malware Named “ProjectSauron”, How Link Shorteners Work, and Much More

It’s Friday! Who’s ready for the weekend? If you need some weekend reading, take a look at what we’ve collected this week. The first article we found talks about malware that was able to hide for 5 entire years! We also have a piece on how one line of code could leave you vulnerable in the popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. Articles and Videos: Learn about “ProjectSauron”, an advanced malware that was able to hide for 5 years. They say it was… Read More

The Current State of IoT Security

About the author: Doug Laing is the Senior IT Security Consultant at UnitedHealth Group. With plenty of years in IT under his belt, Doug has a wealth of experience in working with uniquely designed networks and devices. As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, I can’t help but be concerned about how we maintain IoT security as it emerges.  I think IoT has a great many things to offer, but the potential for abuse may be outpacing the benefits. The… Read More

Recap: 2016 Intertech Free Learning Summit and 25th Anniversary

We had a great turnout at our 25th Anniversary celebration and learning event. Such great attendance that we had to usher in additional chairs to the presentation room! Many thanks to all of our customers, friends, family, and employees for coming out to our 2016 Learning Summit. We hope everyone got the most out of our learning sessions and enjoyed the appetizers and drinks. Throughout the event we were glad to see both new and old faces. Take a look at some of the… Read More